"'Worthship' the Lord!"
We do not worship the Word, the Bible, but the Word teaches us how to worship appropriately. Jesus said the Father seeks those who will worship Him “in spirit and truth” (John 4:23, 24). The human spirit is capable of genuine worship when it heeds instructions supplied by “truth.” But what is worship? And what is truth?
Our word “worship” comes from an old English word, “worthship.” Genuine worship recognizes God’s essential worth. He is worthy to be praised, honored, esteemed, and revered for who He is and does. Nature and history offer only a small picture of God, and human experience is subjective, but the Word presents objective, infallible truth about God and His deeds.
It seems to me that faithful teaching/preaching of the Word is as much a part of worship as songs and hymns of praise. Yet, often the Word is devalued while praise commands center stage (literally). However, Paul’s admonition to “preach the word” has never been more relevant that now.
You have heard the term “touch feely,” haven’t you? If churchgoers are satisfied with a nebulous touchy-feely experience gained by singing songs and choruses that fail to adhere to biblical doctrine, they are building their lives on sand. Experience theology can never substitute for biblical theology. On the other hand, all who base their worship and lives on the Word honor God and stand on a firm foundation. Jesus said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and pouts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24).
May every worship service be truly a “worthship” service!